Sunday, August 1, 2010

National Security: Pakistan exposed

The latest documents had much to reveal about Pakistan's complicity in terror network in the region. This led to some patriotic drum-beating in India – as if Pakistan had been caught with its pants down and now America would be forced to act.
Nothing of the kind will happen. America has been seeing Pakistan with its pants down for quite a while. For example, it said more than once in recent weeks that Osama bin Laden was living in Pakistan. Blandly Pakistan denied it. And America let it rest at that. Pakistan is for America a pill that is too bitter to swallow and too sweet to spit out, a classic diplomatic trap.
US trapped by ISI; advantage Taliban

The United States must demand that Pakistan state unequivocally whether it is “with us or against us”. For nearly a decade now, their caveat-linked policy has cost America untold harm, billions of dollars and hundreds of dead citizens. The latest gaudy gush from WikiLeaks will leave the White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department soggy and irritable for many days. But one aspect of the leak-that concerning Pakistan’s brazenly unstinting support for the insurgency in Afghanistan — should be news to absolutely no one.
Pakistan a double dealing nation by Tunku Varadarajan

The biggest ever leak of military documents — will it lead to course correction? Quite a question given the layers of dubious pragmatism at the basis of the US-Pakistan relationship. Besides, how do you wake up somebody pretending to sleep? What does the 90,000-plus classified documents on Afghan War show? Two things are the most obvious-the Americans have lost the script in the Hindu Kush and that Pakistan has emerged as a full-fledged terrorist State, supporting and sustaining terrorist groups that are capable of carrying out worst kinds of nightmarish attacks in any parts of the world today.
A decade of lies and murders by Wilson John

Within the global defence industry, all eyes are now on India, which has been sharply increasing its defence budget as it seeks to modernise its armed forces.
This year India’s budget for new armaments was increased by 25.46 per cent from last year’s level of $13bn, and foreign companies are trying to get a piece of it.
To exploit the potential in India’s military market, defence companies such as BAE, Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin and EADS, have set up joint ventures with Indian private sector companies for local armament production.
So far, though, the investments are small, and the ventures are focused mainly on basic equipment, such as bullet proof trucks and aircraft parts, rather than the high-end, cutting edge defence technology India so desperately craves.
In New Delhi, policy-makers are now busily debating whether raising its 26 per cent cap on foreign direct investment in defence could help attract even more capital, and persuade Western defence companies to introduce more cutting edge technology into their local Indian ventures. However, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry has just weighed in - airing its serious doubts.
Part of the problem is the US still has tough controls on the export of high technology to India - a legacy of the days when India was still considered a nuclear pariah, and subjected to punitive sanctions. Despite all the high blown talk of a US-India strategic partnership, the export controls remain.
Selling arms to India: between a rock and a hard place by Amy Kazmin

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